Details of our Summer programme, past events and staff spotlight.
This summer we are running the popular Stay & Play sessions again! We have changed things this year. Sessions are now only 45 minutes (except the Film Club) and two sessions will run back to back in the morning for two different age ranges. We ask that parents stick to these age ranges as the activities are suitable for specific ages of children. Also, for our ratios, we require a certain amount of staff to children.
Monday’s: Bouncy Castles from 11am-2:30pm
Tuesday’s: Craig’s Sports Day in main hall
Wednesday’s: Film Club (except Wednesday 26th July) in Youth Hangout
Thursday’s: Craft & Activity sessions in Youth Classroom
Friday’s: Bouncy Castles 11am-4:00pm
All activities (except the bouncy castles) have to be booked and paid for in advance. This is to confirm your child’s place and help to prevent no-shows and gives the chance for as many children to come as they can.
Activities can be booked by phoning reception on 01955 608 530 and you can pay over the phone, or message us on Facebook or pop in to the centre.
Summer holidays aren’t too far away so be quick!
A few photos of the Prestwick Cycle Challenge charity dinner we hosted on Saturday night.
Prestwick Cycle Challenge was set up many years ago to raise money for charities. Cyclists cycle over a part of Scotland for three days, often 100’s of miles. This year they finished their cycle in the Pulteney Centre for a pre-ordered three course meal. We had nearly 80 people in our main hall for a three course dinner. It was a great night and we received some great feedback!
A thank you to the following:
Old Pulteney for the donation of bottles of 12 year old so we could give our guests a complimentary dram.
Whisky on Tour for their kind donation of two whisky staves as a memento for two lucky winners, which went down a storm, they winners were delighted.
Donaldson Designs and our art class for making the lovely centre pieces for the tables.
and Fiona Steven one of our waitresses who piped for us to welcome everyone.
Our staff did a fabulous job on the night and worked well together as a team. This was our first ( and largest!) inside catering event so was a big task.
Well done to all the cyclists who cycled hundreds of miles over three days to raise money for various charities- you certainly deserved your dinner and a dram (or two!) after what you have achieved!
Here are a few photos of the main hall (set up and arranged by our staff), the staff who worked and our licensed bar all set up.
Pulteneytown People’s Project (known locally as ‘PPP’ or the Pulteney Centre) was started by the local community in 2003 with the aim of creating opportunities to improve life chances, quality of life and economic well-being but now we are thirteen years down the line and we are progressing and expanding as a community centre every day.
We are a social enterprise and all profits go back into the community and the facility. We operate as a business and with your continuous support to the PPP, you are also supporting the community we serve. We are a registered company and charity with keys aims to provide services and amenities that will improve the area.
Initially employing one and a half members of staff, PPP has grown over the past thirteen years and now currently provides over fifty sustainable jobs for local people. At least 7 of our current workload was unemployed prior to being recruited by us. We have good staff retention and we grow and develop our staff teams. An example of this is our Junior Management Team that we began at the start of the year. This involved taking the junior staff from all departments and having fortnightly training sessions that involved full cost recovery, risk assessments and the understanding of sustainable services.
The hard work and dedication over the years have been recognised through many awards and we have been asked to share our practices as far away as India and the USA as well as talking at conferences across Scotland. We have also just recently won the award for ‘Best Social Enterprise of the year by the Highland & Islands Enterprise.
The culmination of all this work has been the £3.8 million purpose-built Pulteney Centre which opened over 4 years ago in Feb 2012. Since then our services and team have grown rapidly and we now have over 1000 people using our services and facility every week.